Clear Springs seniors Sierra Cheatham and Tasharian Robinson recently received the type of recognition that head girls basketball coach Pam Crawford saw the potential for each player when she first met them years ago.
The spring semester will be full of opportunities for students and teachers thanks to approximately $70,000 in grants for teachers and scholarships for graduating Dickinson High School seniors provided by the Dickinson Independent School District’s Education Foundation.
Educators can save $5 by registering online before Jan. 31 for the first Greater Houston Area STEM Conference set for 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 4 in the Bayou Building of the University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., in Houston. The conference will focus on science, technology, engineering and math topics that impact K-12 education.
Galveston College’s Lunch and Learn program is offering a session to “Empower Your Business” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 24 at its campus, 4015 Ave. Q, in Galveston.
January is School Board Recognition Month and Santa Fe Independent School District will join other districts across the state to thank these local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and public schools. As elected officials, they are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of Texas school children. So, each year the Texas Association of School Boards encourages communities to show appreciation to these individuals for their unfailing commitment to the success of all students. The staff and students of our district applaud our board members for their vision and voice to help shape a better tomorrow.
College of the Mainland will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event form 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in the COM Learning Resource Center Auditorium, 1200 Amburn Road, in Texas City. Lunch will be served and the event is open to the public. For more information, call 409-933-8438.
Santa Fe Independent School District was recently recognized as one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the seventh annual AP District Honor Roll. To be included on the honor roll, the district had to, since 2014, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.
Many students have difficulties learning in school and may qualify for special education services. Some of these students qualify for related services to help them with the educational process. These services include occupational therapy, speech, counseling and other additional assistance. The Greater Gulf Coast Cooperative provides these services to four school districts in the area. These districts include Hitchcock, Danbury, Damon and Needville. Related service providers work with students and teachers to help students learn strategies to manage or overcome their obstacles in the classroom. Some techniques include social skills games, social skills stories or discussing proven techniques based on peer reviewed research for dealing with their classroom-related difficulties.
Registration for Galveston College’s 2017 spring semester continues this week for both credit and noncredit classes. Registration hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Wednesday. Late registration will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Classes for the spring semester start on Jan. 17.
Dickinson Independent School District anticipates more freedom and flexibility in several different educational areas, after completing the process to become a District of Innovation this spring.
As we see the challenges of education become greater across the state, I believe it is time for unique opportunities for students. Abundant Life Christian School has a new program that will challenge and motivate students to learn. An online, flexible and individualized academic program meeting the state graduation requirements is a great option for families. We all know that young people are drawn to technology, so why not use it as a primary tool in their education.
Supervisors at all experience levels can learn more about how to apply leadership skills to improve their organization in the two-part course Strategic Utilization of Leadership Skills, as part of University of Houston-Clear Lake Center for Executive Education’s Management and Leadership Certification program.
Excitement is in the air all around the Galveston Independent School District. This week, you will notice students moving busily about, extra traffic and a large number of cars parked around our school buildings and campuses. Teachers returned to the district today from holiday break and our students will return Tuesday.
Prepare for a rewarding career in health care through the Certified Nurse Aide Program at College of the Mainland.
The spirit of the holidays was evident throughout Hughes Road Elementary in December as students and staff celebrated the Christmas holiday, while also learning some important lessons about giving back and helping those in need.
University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Friday Morning Continuing Education winter series begins with a kickoff event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 13 in the UHCL Bayou Building Patio Café, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., in Houston. Meet this season’s lecturers, fellow lifelong learners and reconnect with friends.
A hot topic for today’s society is global warming, which is heavily influenced by the carbon in our world’s carbon cycle. The anthropogenic increase of the last decades has caused a scramble among scientists to determine where the carbon is going and how to stop the impending rise. What oceanographers have discovered is that a large portion of the carbon put into the atmosphere is pulled into the oceans in what is called ocean carbon sequestration; forty five times the amount of carbon in the atmosphere is being sequestered in the depths of the ocean. In a natural process, carbon dioxide (CO2) is pulled into the oceans where it is used in a plethora of biological processes. These processes convert the carbon into different forms categorized by scientists. One of these forms, and an important factor in long-term carbon sequestration, is dissolved organic matter (DOM), particularly a version called Recalcitrant DOM (RDOM). RDOM is a form of carbon that is extremely hard for organisms to break down and use. This RDOM form of carbon is stored in the ocean for an average of 4000-6000 years, with some molecules staying in the ocean for thousands of years. The production of this form of carbon is enhanced in ocean regions called Oxygen Minimum Zones (OMZ), where the oxygen levels in the water are extremely low. Alongside the increased production of RDOM, OMZs also have a large range of bacteria and microbes that can process the RDOM. This makes the study of RDOM in OMZs in particular a key zone of study.
College of the Mainland gym memberships offer a cost-effective, convenient option for anyone looking to maintain an active lifestyle. Try out the gym with a $5 day pass or a semester membership for $40 for in-district adults and $30 for in-district youths (ages 5-17) and those 50 and older.
Galveston College will be offering an Instrumentation option to their Electrical and Electronics Technology program in the spring. In today’s high-tech world, electronic instrumentation technicians enjoy good job opportunities and good incomes. The program provides students with a wide range of knowledge to be successful technicians in electronics and instrumentation.
January is the time to officially celebrate School Board Recognition Month. This column is dedicated to the seven people that unselfishly serve on one of the most important executive committees in our community. Texas City Independent School District would like to publicly thank President Dickey Campbell, Vice President Hal Biery, Melba Anderson, Davis Moss, Mable Pratt, Tom Prouty and Bryan Thompson for donating their time to make sure Texas City ISD is at its best.
House Bill 2804 was passed in the 84th legislative session in 2015, and requires that the accountability system be changed from Met Standard/Not Met Standard to assign A-F ratings for schools and districts in 2018. These ratings will be based primarily on our state standardized test scores. Preliminary and incomplete “what if” ratings are scheduled to be shared in January, with official ratings to be determined in the fall of 2018.
With our Ball High School students and faculty working together, we accomplished our goal of making this year’s 36th annual “Share Your Holidays” food drive the most successful ever! In fact, the Galveston County Food Bank had to exchange their box truck for an eighteen-wheeler because they ran out of room in the smaller truck!
The National Endowment for the Humanities recently announced funding for 290 projects in 43 states totaling $16.3 million dollars in grants that will support a variety of humanities-based research and programs. Among those awards was a grant to Galveston College in the amount of $99,429.
After a classmate’s son was diagnosed with spina bifida, students in a College of the Mainland class decided to pay it forward.
Teachers are so enthusiastic about teaching that they often spend money out of their own pockets for projects to get their students engaged in learning. Many projects are financially out of their reach. This is where the Texas City Independent School District Foundation for the Future helps.
Brenda Caro, a middle school Language Arts and social studies teacher at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School, 1600 Ninth Ave. N., in Texas City, has been teaching for over 44 years in both public and private educational sectors.
Former astronaut and the last living crew member of the Apollo 7 mission, retired Marine Col. Walter Cunningham, will visit University of Houston-Clear Lake to share his presentation “Apollo VII: The First of Five Giant Steps to the Moon,” from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 5 in the Garden Room of the Bayou Building, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., in Houston.
After the nuclear meltdown of the reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011, scientists from around the globe have begun a renewed study into the effects of radioactive material interacting with the surrounding soil and water; this includes examining existing waste containment facilities.
Amy Lucas, assistant sociology professor at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, is the 2016-17 recipient of The Marilyn Mieszkuc Professorship in Women’s Studies, an endowment which supports faculty research in a variety of disciplines that involve gender issues.
On Tuesday, there will be a special, private showing of the movie, “Hidden Figures,” organized by the Gulf Coast Apollo Chapter of the Links Inc., and several Clear Lake/NASA community partners (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Jack & Jill and DREEM Foundation).
Making smiles bright, College of the Mainland students and employees donated six overflowing boxes of new toys to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation during the holiday drive.
The students at James H. Ross Elementary School recently were treated to a performance from children’s entertainer and ventriloquist Dennis Lee.
Looking for something fun and different for your Friday night? Grab a friend and learn about the history of food and the art of cooking. Daisy Durham, a world traveler, catering chef and retired history professor, will teach the finer points of specific cuisines while leading you through recipes from various regions. Dining and discussion follow the lessons. Classes meet the last Friday of each month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost of each course is $49.
Not every skill that an emergency medical technician (EMT) needs can be learned from a textbook or in a classroom. Sometimes, the world complicates first aid by stacking hot metal and dripping fuel atop a patient who lies in need.
After a successful inaugural fall season, University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Friday Morning Continuing Education has lined up its winter series of weekly learning opportunities, to begin again on Jan. 27. The public can meet presenters and learn more about the program at a kickoff event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 13 in the Patio Café at University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., in Houston.
As a rule, change brings uncertainty. Elections are a prime example of this. Although our American system of government was designed to facilitate a peaceful transition of power, the recent presidential election left some people unsure of what’s to come. After Election Day, some schools closed for a day. A few schools experienced student protests, while others offered counseling to help students who were upset.
Hitchcock ISD “Kids First” Head Start has always been focused on the children — that’s what we do! But, many do not know that our parents and community play such an important role in the success of our school.
Students of all ages and all backgrounds come to Galveston College to develop the skills for their first career or for a new career by taking academic or workforce training classes and earning the degree or certificates to move forward. Marcus Wilson is one such example of student success at the No. 1 community college in Texas.
Santa Fe ISD educators were surprised on Dec. 2 with grant funds from the Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation. The grants are announced parade-style with the high school drum line, Santa Claus and numerous elves from the foundation’s board. Select donors and other community leaders also ride on the school bus to visit each campus. The grant funds will benefit students by providing new library books, robotics components, laptops, tablet computers, science lab equipment and other innovative educational materials. Since its establishment in 2010, the foundation has granted over $480,000 that has made a strong impact on education in the community.
College of the Mainland students will present the holiday favorite, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” as a live radio play from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Fine Arts Building at College of the Mainland, 1200 Amburn Road, in Texas City.
Grant Carrico, 9, is a pretty creative and outgoing kid.
Enter a Dickinson Independent School District campus and you will see students and teachers actively integrating technology into everyday lessons. Students in today’s classrooms have access to a wide range of technology which is designed to ensure they have what they need to be college- and career-ready and succeed in the new digital era.
The Galveston Project for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (Discovery Club) is a program that provides services to children (those that do not have a fixed, permanent residence). We make sure that the students in the Galveston Independent School District have an equal opportunity to get a quality education. Our office provides transportation as needed, gives school supplies and uniforms, helps arrange free/reduced priced meals and offers and assists with other services throughout the school year.
Graduating University of Houston-Clear Lake students will celebrate their accomplishments with faculty and university leaders, including deans and President William A. Staples, as well as Hunter the Hawk, at the Soaring Hawks Celebration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in Atrium II of the Bayou Building, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., in Houston.
College of the Mainland offers degrees, certificates and classes entirely online and Affordable Colleges Online has ranked it No. 10 in the 2016-17 list of Best Online Colleges in Texas.
Galveston College offers an intensive 16-week program designed to give students the skills needed to go to work in the industry as a pipe fitter and begin the National Center for Construction Education and Research certification process in pipe fitting.
The sixth annual Adopt-A-Grant program began Dec. 1 in the Friendswood Independent School District. If you happen to be at one of the district schools you will know it’s Adopt-A-Grant season by listening to the teachers cheer as they watch to see the red sold sign go across their online grant.
“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” — David Warlick
The picture that comes to mind when the words “home school” are uttered may be something along the lines of a mom and a young student, ensconced in a corner of a dining room, surrounded by books, papers and maybe an electronic tablet.
The College of the Mainland board of trustees and presidential search committee will host public forums with each of the four top candidates for COM’s presidential position. Each finalist will attend two question-and-answer sessions in the meeting room at 1501 Amburn Road, Appomattox Suite 4, in Texas City. One candidate will be present from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Dec. 6.
These public servants donate their time and talents to ensure that all of our children have the best public schools we can provide. These trustees attend meetings, workshops, training, read detailed reports, listen to parents’ concerns and do the hard work to benefit the students and the community at large. And make no mistake about it, the whole community benefits from good schools.
There is talk in Texas once again about calling a special session of the legislature to attempt to remedy the inadequacies and unfairness of the current funding of public education.
The Galveston College Island Potters Guild will host their annual holiday sale from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Galveston College Atrium located on the main campus at 4015 Ave. Q. For more information contact Beth Thomas, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, at 409-944-1309.
Dickinson Independent School District students, staff and parents will have plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit as the schools are planning many different fine arts performances and holiday activities.
Future university students and their families are invited to explore University of Houston-Clear Lake at Saturday Campus Visit Day from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at 2700 Bay Area Blvd., in Houston.
Galveston College recently received a No. 1 ranking for community colleges in Texas, according to a report released by www.schools.com.
About 30 seventh grade students at Central Middle School Media Arts Academy are getting the chance of a lifetime as participants in Space Center Houston’s Exploration Academy, developed in collaboration with experts at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.
We are proud in Santa Fe Independent School District that we see evidence of sharing every day in our district. Teachers share their knowledge, skills, talents and love with their students. Also, students, staff and parents share their resources.
Thanksgiving is a season for recognizing the abundance of opportunities and blessings that are given to us. Because education has been such a key part of our culture, sometimes it can be taken for granted. Therefore, we should add education to our list of things we are thankful for.
Final applications and documents for undergraduate students transferring from a community college or another university and former, nondegree seeking students must be submitted by Jan. 17 for spring 2017 admission at University of Houston-Clear Lake.